The Tuamotu islands: Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau and Fakarava
The Tuamotu Islands forms the largest chain of islands and atolls in French Polynesia spanning the size of Western Europe. Comprising of 77 narrow coral rings encircling deep blue lagoons, the main islands visited in this region are Rangiroa, Manihi, Tukehau and Fakarava.
The Tuamotus boast some of the best diving spots in the world. With excellent visibility, a menagerie of colourful marine life and and fabulous drop off point where divers can “shoot the pass”, adventures continue beneath the surface….
Rangiroa – The Endless Lagoon
The deep lagoon encircled by the atolls is a diver’s paradise, with rich marine life that is set to rival the colours found above water. Here, you will experience a phenomenon known by experienced divers as “shooting the pass”, described as the world’s greatest adrenalin rush, where you will be carried by a rush of water between the ocean and the lagoon surrounded by seemingly millions of fish. Beyond the drop off and the reef are squadrons of eagle rays, schools of sharks and tuna. L’lle aux Recifs Beach, Paipro Point and the Mahuta area are known for their spectacular assortment of marine wildlife. However, you don’t need to go anywhere in particular to snorkel on the atoll of Rangiroa, just walk out of your hotel and snorkel right off the beach at the front of your hotel!
Manihi – Island of Pearls
The island of Manihi is a farming destination – South Pacific style. While people all over the world regard farming in the traditional sense of livestock or fruits and vegetables, in the South Pacific, we farm pearls! Once, the crystal clear lagoon used to be filled with Mother of Pearl. Manihi was also the site of Tahiti’s first black pearl farm and over the years, has become the leading supplier of Tahitian cultured pearls. Overwater bungalows present stunning vistas of the lagoon.
Tikehau – The Pink Sand Island
The island of Tikehau boasts the biggest population of fish amongst all of the Polynesian atolls. With a billion fishes for every human, Tikehau led the legendary explorer Jacques Costeau to declare it so. But what makes this place so special are its jewels thrust through a turquoise lagoon – blinding white sand and pink sand beaches!
Fakarava – Island of Dreams
Fakarava is the second largest atoll of the Tuamotus and circles a central lagoon. What makes Fakarava so special is that its pure natural environment has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, housing rare birds, plants and crustaceans. Its remote location, small population and pristine environment makes this the perfect place to chill out and spend quality time with your loved one. The lack of man made lights on the island ensures a spectacular light show every night, with the light of the moon and stars shining uninterrupted..